As mentioned in a post the other day, yesterday was my next scheduled race. I ran a 10 km race. It was my first race since I ran the Philadelphia Marathon in November.
I’ve this race four straight years now. I’ve used this race as part of my training for the Ottawa Marathon in May. In the past I did not try to race this race, electing to run closer to my goal marathon pace instead.
In talking with my coach I decided to race it and see if I could beat my pb in the 10 km, currently 40:31. As opposed to previous years when I stuck to a pace of 4:20-4:30/km my goal was to go out quicker.
While it was warmer than it has been recently it was still a cool and windy morning. Fortunately I live close to the start line so I was able to head over at the last minute.
The course for this race is an out and back course along the Rideau Canal. I managed to head out from the start around 4:00/km.
I felt good heading to the halfway turnaround point. However, in looking at my splits after the race it was just before the halfway point that I lost time in this race. My fourth and fifth kilometres were my slowest of the race with me dropping down to 4:13 and 4:09 per km.
Interestingly enough, my first and last kilometres ended up being my fastest kilometres at 3:58 and 3:59 per km. I am not sure what happened at this point in the race we could have been headed into the wind at that point or there is a bit of an incline at that point and I could have slowed down more than I realized when I reached that point.
I finished with a time of 41:20, just short of a pb. I’m still pleased with the result, it was a good way to start the race season. It was my fastest time in the four years I have done the race. I think it was still useful as part of my training for the Ottawa Marathon in May.